The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
Russia's leading and finest pagan metal band Arkona, who are set to release their brand new album Khram on January 19th 2018 with Napalm Records, have just unveiled a first teaser and exclusive album preview! Get your ears on this first sneak peak, featuring all tracks from Arkona's upcoming album right HERE!
A Khram, the Russian word for temple, is shrouded in natural mysticism slumbering behind nocturnal treetops, yet open to everyone. The sincerity and depth that binds all five band members together resonates in the sumptuously dark cover artwork and front-lady Masha`s lyrics, that are written in her own blood (which is also part of the artwork)! Arkona may have used sound samples in their early days, but nowadays cellos, brass parts, wind instruments and throat singing are recorded live meticulously and flow naturally into the band's harsh metal tunes: King-sized songs effortlessly shift from blackened pagan metal masterpieces to epic tracks with crystal-clear melodies and piano infusions. So better mark your calendars for January 19th 2018, as Arkona’s Khram is an exuberant and demanding affair that defies genre boundaries with untameable spirit!
Coming as CD Digi Pack, Digital Download and LP Gatefold editions, Khram is now available to pre-order HERE!
In support of their upcoming album, Arkona will be heavily touring in early 2018, including an extensive European tour with Korpiklaani, Heidevolk, Trollfest & many more!
Make sure to catch Arkona live and on the following dates:
01.02.2018 - SI - Winter Days of Metal Festival
02.02.2018 - HR - Zagreb / Boogaloo
03.02.2018 - RS - Novi Sad / SKC Fabrika
04.02.2018 - RO - Cluj Napoca / From Space
08.02.2018 - GR - Athens / Kytarro Live
09.02.2018 - GR - Thesalonniki / Eightball
10.02.2018 - BG - Sofia / Mixtape 5
11.02.2018 - RO - Bucharest / Fabrica
24.03.2018 - RU - Moscow / RED
30.03.2018 - RU - St.Petersburg / Aurora
28.04.2018 - SE - Stockholm Slaughter
with KORPIKLAANI, HEIDEVOLK & TROLLFEST:
15.02.2018 - BE - Antwerpen / Trix
16.02.2018 - DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
17.02.2018 - DE - Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle 2
18.02.2018 - NL - Amsterdam / Melkweg
20.02.2018 - FR - Paris / Elysée Montmartre
21.02.2018 - FR - Nantes / Stereolux
22.02.2018 - FR - Toulouse / Le Bikini
23.02.2018 - ES - Madrid / Sala BUT
24.02.2018 - ES - Barcelona / Salamandra 1
25.02.2018 - FR - Lyon / Transbordeur
27.02.2018 - DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
28.02.2018 - DE - Berlin / Columbia Theater
01.03.2018 - CZ - Prague / Meet Factory
02.03.2018 - DE - München / Backstage
03.03.2018 - DE - Stuttgart / LKA
04.03.2018 - CH - Pratteln / Z7
05.03.2018 - IT - Milano / Magazzini Generali
07.03.2018 - AT - Graz / Orpheum
08.03.2018 - AT - Vienna / SIMM City
09.03.2018 - DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser
10.03.2018 - DE - Geiselwind / Musichall
11.03.2018 - DE - Hannover / Capitol
Serbian crossover thrash maniacs Nadimac stream the entirety of their highly anticipated fifth album, Besnilo ("Indignation"), at web-portal ToiletOvHell.com. Set for international release on July 3rd via Xtreem Music, hear Nadimac's Besnilo in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Containing 14 raging songs, Nadimac's Besnilo is a manic attack to your ears with an uncommercial style of high-paced crossover thrash metal not for weak ears, which will for sure please any lover of bands like Tankard, Cryptic Slaughter, Razor, Assassin, The Exploited, S.O.D., Crumbsuckers, D.R.I., and Sodom.
In the lead-up to its release on July 3rd, hear Besnilo in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of ToiletOvHell.com
1. Uvod u Besnilo (The Indignation Echo)
2. Palikuca (Flaming Vendetta)
3. Jednom Nogom u Gradu (Escapism Against Modernism)
4. Kapitalizam je Kanibalizam (Capitalism is Cannibalism)
5. Revolucija u Izlogu (Shopping Revolution)
6. U Podrumu Žute Kuce (Organ Market Basement)
7. Anatomija Poslušnosti (Anatomy of Obedience)
8. Analni Ovcar (Anal Shepherd)
9. Teraj se u Kurac (Go Fuck Yourself)
10. Prvi Put sa Kevom na Šemu (My Mum's Drugs)
11. Rodjen u Ofsajdu (Nesportski Dan) (Born in Offside [Anti-Sport Day])
12. Zemlja Povraca (Mother Earth is Vomiting)
13. Crna Štampa (Diarrhea Newsweek)
14. Bez Ograda, bez Barijera (Against Elitism, Pro Unity
Sludge metal band Nula have teamed up with Metal Underground to stream the video for their song "Silazak u Prah." The track is taken from their EP Kenoma, which was recently released via Black Bow Records.
Stream the video here: http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=135570
Order Kenoma here: https://nulaserbia.bandcamp.com/album/
Serbian metal band Nula was first conceived in late 2013. Shortly after forming, the band started performing gigs in local Belgrade clubs which resulted in positive feedback and encouraged the band to continue writing new material. The band released a demo tape via Grim Reaper Records in 2015 and then followed it up with extensive touring around Serbia including an appearance at Arsenal Fest. In 2017, the band signed with British label Black Bow Records..
Miloš Milošević - Vocals
Milan Vićić - Guitars
Strahinja Knežević - Guitars
Marko Mijajlović - Bass
Milan Sarić - Drums
Serbian Gothic Doom Sextet The Father Of Serpents are just a a few days away from releasing their debut full length "Age Of Damnation" via Satanath Records (Russia) & United By Chaos (Finland)
Decibel Magazine Exclusively Streamed the Music Video of "Viral", the 10th and last track of the album, which can be found at this location
The Father Of Serpents is an entity consisted of six souls, entwined with admiration for doom metal. Formed in 2015, by the members of the renown bands from the Serbian scene (The Hell/Awaiting Fear, Tamerlan, Rain Delay, Consecration), their purpose was to leave their name within the musical path paved by the old masters like My Dying Bride, Saturnus, Paradise Lost and Moonspell. Father Of Serpents quickly got large amount of attention in Serbia and beyond. Band performed in Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania
First album "Age Of Damnation" contains about an hour of apocalyptic atmosphere, presented through the gentlest of acoustic passages, to the most brutal and vicious parts.
Testimony from the band:
"Viral was the last song we did before recording the album in the studio, just a few days before. It was almost done in 15 minutes and it went pretty natural and straightforward. We didn't have the time to overthought or analyse the song, so the energy of the moment when we were jamming the song is there. It is both groovy, catchy and dark"
Line - up:
Tamerlan - Vocals (growls/screams/narations)
Pavle Sovilj - Vocals (clean) & Violin
Igor Lončar - Guitars
Željko Zec - Guitars
Milan Šuput - Bass
Aleksandar Maksimović - Drums
Inferno Records are super happy & honoured to announce the new band they have signed.
Formed in December 2013, Jenner are the only all-girl Metal band from the Belgrade area and in spite of their young age, they're showing a high potential & great abilities in delivering high-quality
They had released a two-song demo in 2015, already showing great professionalism & technical abilities! After weeks of intense hard work, they have recorded their first full-length album called "To Live Is To Suffer" that will soon be released on Inferno Records!!!
Expect album to be out on CD & MC in the next weeks - stay tuned!
Serbian Progressive / Power metal band A|Symmetry released their first full-length album "Fragility". Following successful EP “Room 17: Hours Between Shadows and Light” (2012), "Fragility" is a conceptual story fragmented to 9 songs in total length of 50 minutes of genuine progressive/power metal music with powerful vocals, complex arrangements and strong rhythm section.
Album features guest appearance of Linus Abrahamson (Andromeda, Edge Of A Circle, Metal Station, Nonexist) on lead and acoustic guitars, as well as Dusan Djuric Svilokos (Trigger) and Johan Reinholdz (Andromeda, Nonexist, Skyfire) on solo guitars.
“Fragility was a bit of a temptation for all five of us. Main idea came from a song called ‘Aral Sea’ of the band Burning Circle we share members with. Idea was to broaden a concept and tell a fictional story about fate of a man from Aralsk whose life shared same destiny with dying lake (Aral Sea). It is a musical and lyrical journey that describes a fate of millions of people trapped in a world ruled by dictators, corruption, twisted forms of leadership, malfunctions of society, wars, as well as a critique of both ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ way of life. It is also a story about tremendous effect of men on environment and horrible things that mankind does to nature.
We’re sure that album will be warmly welcomed by progressive and power metal fans, but also by people with different musical taste, from hard rock to death metal, since this album has all of that! This album is a huge tribute to all music we love and we are sure that listeners will recognize it.”
states A|symmetry’s front-man Aleksandar Stojkovic.
The album is available through digital platforms such as Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, etc. Physical CD release will be available soon.
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